Live-action Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian is coming to Disney’s upcoming streaming service!
True to Lucasfilm’s hot streak of matching great talent to its projects, the studio has chosen original MCU puppet master Jon Favreau as writer, producer, and showrunner for the series.
The Wrap reports that The Mandalorian is now done filming over in LA.
A list of The Mandalorian‘s season 1 directors was previously released, and that $10 million-per-episode price tag definitely seems to be worth its weight in gold. Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directed the pilot episode, with Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) helming the rest of the season 1 instalments.
It’s been announced that another live-action Star Wars series will join The Mandalorian on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, too.
The Mandalorian release date
We’ll update this with more information when it becomes available, but the earliest we’ll see this Star Wars TV series will be 2020.
The Mandalorian cast
Joining Pedro Pascal, Nick Nolte and Gina Carano in The Mandalorian cast will be… Werner Herzog. Yes, you read that right.
Alongside the critically acclaimed director, some other new cast members have been revealed, including Better Call Saul‘s Giancarlo Esposito. Emily Swallow also has a role, as does Omid Abtahi, Variety reports.
THR reported that erstwhile MMA fighter and actress Gina Carano (Deadpool, Haywire) climbed aboard the new show, but details of her character have not yet been released.
Variety also confirmed that Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones) was picked as the The Mandalorian‘s main man. Apparently, he was one of a handful of actors being considered for the lead, but weirdly he’s the only one we’ve ever heard being namechecked. Kinda seems like they were floating the idea to gauge the reaction beforehand, but that’s probably just us being suspicious!
For Pascal, this is yet another high-profile platform. He’s coming off recent film appearances in The Equalizer 2 and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, with prospects glistening after he recently landed a mystery role in the anticipated 2019-scheduled DC cinematic sequel, Wonder Woman 1984. Yet, much of Pascal’s current career momentum can be traced back to his memorable TV run on HBO’s Game Of Thrones as the charismatic, hedonistic, spear-swinging badass, Oberyn Martell (and, unfortunately, for the character’s mind-blowing exit). Pascal followed that with a TV run on Netflix’s Narcos.
He’ll next be seen in the cast of Oscar-winning Moonlight writer/director Barry Jenkins’s new film, If Beale Street Could Talk.
Not only is Taika Waititi behind the camera on The Mandalorian, he may well be the voice of a droid character, too. The MakingStarWars podcast has reported that the well-dressed director and actor, who is hard at work finishing up his new film Jojo Rabbit, will have a role on the series. It’s easy to think this might all amount to him dipping a toe in the Star Wars water, but he has jokingly ruled out taking on a feature film of his own in the past…
The podcast also namechecked Carl Weathers as a new recruit for The Mandalorian. Weathers may be best known for his roles in Predator and the Rocky films, but he’s worked tirelessly over his career, most recently starring in Chicago Justice and Colony.
The Mandalorian images
We’ve now got a first image from the series, which features some new armour out in the wild, but is it Game Of Thrones star Pedro Pascal under that helmet? Hmm…
The Mandalorian behind the scenes
The Iron Man director’s recognisable form can be seen on set in a bunch of new images posted by Making Star Wars.
You can head on over to Making Star Wars to examine the rest of the pictures for yourself if you like. See if you can spot any nerdy details that may give you a few clues about what we can expect from the new show!
Certainly don’t expect this new Star Wars adventure to be a small affair just because it’s on TV, though. The New York Times reports that the show will “cost roughly $100 million for 10 episodes.” That’s a staggering $10 million per episode! We need to have a little lie down just thinking about that, but it’s not as though Disney doesn’t have the cash to splash on anything it damn well pleases these days.
Favreau clearly has no plans to stop dishing out little teases of the upcoming series over on Instagram. He recently posted a picture of a familiar-looking weapon…
It took a while to sink in, but yes, Boba Fett’s Amban phase-pulse blaster from the much-maligned animated 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special has seemingly become a reality in The Mandalorian. Hey, what happens in Mandalore, stays in Mandalore.
None other than George Lucas visited the set of The Mandalorian, which Favreau described as a “birthday surprise”…
Dave Filoni got in the middle of a lovely Star Wars man sandwich (manwich?) for another pic…
These pictures are bittersweet in a way, as many many years ago, Lucas had planned out his own Star Wars series, hiring Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who) amongst others to write two whole seasons of the new show for him. With all the scripts complete, the writers sat back and waited for filming to kick off over in Australia, but months and months went by with no news. The next thing they knew, Lucas had sold off Lucasfilm to Disney and they all sighed a collective “welp”. The scripts still remain under lock and key (probably in that big Raiders warehouse).
We’ll always wonder what that Star Wars series would have been like, but it seems George is backing this new venture anyway. Water under the bridge and that.
The Mandalorian plot
At the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story a while back, Favreau revealed to Nerdist that the series will take place seven years after the events of Return Of The Jedi, effectively setting up the series as a bridge between the Original and Sequel Trilogies. The series will feature all-new characters, as well.
This is good news, as the post-ROTJ timeline remains largely unexplored since the new canon was established. There’s little reason to continue to mine the era between the Clone Wars and the Original Trilogy, which has now been covered so well by two animated series and a film, and the saga of the Skywalkers is no longer the centre of the Star Wars universe. The blank slate quality of the era between ROTJ and The Force Awakens will allow Favreau to really dig into something new and fresh.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement about the new series a while back. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.”
“If you told me at 11 years old that I would be getting to tell stories in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Favreau added. “I can’t wait to embark upon this exciting adventure.”
Here’s a synopsis from Favreau…
“AFTER THE STORIES OF JANGO AND BOBA FETT, ANOTHER WARRIOR EMERGES IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE. THE MANDALORIAN IS SET AFTER THE FALL OF THE EMPIRE AND BEFORE THE EMERGENCE OF THE FIRST ORDER. WE FOLLOW THE TRAVAILS OF A LONE GUNFIGHTER IN THE OUTER REACHES OF THE GALAXY FAR FROM THE AUTHORITY OF THE NEW REPUBLIC.”